I was absolutely captivated by Maurice. I could have spoken with him for hours. I believe in the past he has been misunderstood. He is a thoughtful, intelligent guy who has genuine ideas on how to help college athletes be better prepared for life after their college.

“If I had stayed at Ohio State, I would have won 2 Heisman’s. My body of work speaks for itself.” – Maurice Clarett

That’s just one reason I had an awesome time interviewing today’s guest on The Learning Leader Show.

Welcome to Episode 003 with the thought provoking, Maurice Clarett

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“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why do you feel that Ohio State did not prepare you for life after football?
  • Is it the players or coaches responsibility for the student athletes to be prepared for life after football?
  • What is the story behind the infamous ESPN the magazine cover story and article titled “One and Done?”
  • What would have happened if you had stayed at Ohio State for 2 more years?
  • Why didn’t it work in Denver? Were drugs and alcohol a factor?
  • What specific things can college coaches and administrators do to help college athletes be better prepared for life after sports?
  • What is your current relationship like with Ohio State? Coach Tressel?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About why Maurice originally committed to play football at Notre Dame
  • The story behind the ESPN story “One and Done” and how they misrepresented Maurice
  • Maurice feels as though he would have won 2 Heisman trophies had he stayed at Ohio State through his junior year
  • Specific practices to help college athletes be better prepared for life after football
  • The moment he felt he truly belonged as a Buckeye
  • The details behind the making of the great ESPN 30 for 30 “Youngstown Boys”
  • How he’s now making a 6 figure income
  • The details behind being arrested multiple times and spending 4 years in prison
  • How he’s turned his life around and is now helping others
  • Much, much more…

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Did you enjoy the podcast?

I was fascinated by Maurice. I’ve followed him since he was in high school winning the USA Today National Player of the Year in North East Ohio. This was one of my favorite episodes. Who do you know that needs to hear this? Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell


Maurice Clarett has traveled throughout the nation speaking to universities, businesses, non-profits, faith based organizations and high schools. His life experiences have led him to be one of the most sought after speakers.

Maurice had a massive amount of success at Ohio State becoming the first freshman running back to start, being named Big Ten freshman of the year, and setting the freshman rushing and touchdown season record. He was also instrumental in helping Ohio State clinch the National Championship in 2002 with two pivotal plays “the strip” and scoring the go ahead touchdown. This was Maurice’s only season at Ohio State due to a series of events that took place in his life (These events be seen in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Youngstown Boys”).

After much success on the field Maurice had trouble finding that same level of success off of the field and found himself serving 7 1/2 year prison sentence. It was there that Maurice began to take that work ethic and discipline that brought him so much success as a football player and began to focus it on himself as a person. He began to educate himself through college courses and reading books in his topics of interest such as the economics, finance, and business. His growth became evident to those around him as he would share what he had learned and began motivating those around him. It was this type of leadership that permitted him to be released 4 years early.

Upon being released Maurice went right to work in developing what he has envisioned. He wanted to create a platform that would allow him to connect, educate, and empower people in their life and/or profession. Maurice soon found himself connecting with the nation’s top business executives with the most notable being Warren Buffet.

His ability to connect with his audience in a practical way leaves those who hear his words feeling inspired. Maurice believes that when you compound positive reinforcements in your life, over time, you begin to receive the benefits from them.